Many witnesses take the stand in double murder trial
Tue, 14 May 2013 17:24:12 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH)-- The pace of the Brett Parker trial picked up Tuesday, as many witnesses took the stand; all from the Richland County Sheriff's Department.
Until now, the trial has only averaged a witness or two a day since it began last week.
Crime Scene Investigator Lt. Anna Cavanaugh testified about the money found in Brett Parker's safe. Two stacks of bills were retrieved from that safe, both with 100 dollar bills on top and one dollar bills underneath.
Cavanaugh also testified about gun shot residue found on the blinds of an upstairs window; a detail critical to the the Prosecutions belief of what happened the day of the shooting in Ascot Estates April 13, 2012.
The prosecution is accusing Brett Parker of shooting his wife Tammy Jo and then waiting for gambling associate Bryan Capnerhurst to come over to collect an amount of money owed, then shooting him. Parker has said through his defense attorney that he shot and killed Capnerhurst in self defense after he came to Parker's home looking for the money and shot his wife Tammy Jo.
Parker's defense Attorney Marc Whitlark cross examined the Richland County CSIs and evidence techs, with similar questions revolving around the packaging of evidence and possible contamination.
At one point the prosecution wanted to show the jury video surveillance at an Executive Inn which showed Parker and another woman together three days before his wife's death, insinuating an affair.
The defense fought it and Judge DeAndrea Benjamin decided in their favor.
However, Brian Metz with Richland County was allowed to testify to jurors what was on that surveillance tape from the hotel.
Prosecutor Luck Campbell argued that the affair was relevant to the case because Parker had originally told investigators there were no marital issues between him and his wife.